you are the giver of life and love to your family. You build a refuge in which your family is nurtured, valued, and encouraged. Through your tender care, your family thrives. Let us bring the same kind of life affirming attentiveness to the sacred space of your birth experience and within your home.
Practiced in the art of motherhood, we seek to complement your strengths by coming alongside you in one of life’s greatest callings. Using a holistic approach, we serve mamas and their families before, during, and after birth. Together, with a community of support, we help usher women into motherhood with confidence and grace. In doing so, it is our hope to positively impact mothers and their families.
I am Mary Ann Stoltzfus, a wife to Ben, and nine people call me, Mom. I have two amazing grandsons and two beautiful granddaughters. Also, a little grandson in heaven. I started the doula journey in 2009, after asking our Heavenly Father how I could be a voice and encouragement to young mommas. He led me to an organization that trains childbirth professionals and doulas. Since then, I have attended over 100 births and have started building a team of women that carry my heart and vision for families. I truly believe that when families are healthy and strong, our communities become strong. God has designed family to represent and bring pleasure to Him. My encouragement to young parents is to take time to invest in themselves and create a family vision that can leave a legacy for generations.
Joanna is creative, out-going and loves to see children using their imagination. Joanna loves being outside and being with animals. When Joanna is not serving families, she is with friends or at home reading an incredible book.
Mary Spicher was raised on her family's small dairy farm nestled in the Appalachian mountains of central Pennsylvania. She loves world travel, cycling with her husband, chocolate, and fireflies. Her deep love for small children and gifted ability to nurture provides a calm and reassuring presence for birthing mothers, regardless of ability, ethnicity, age, or culture. She has been a doula for over 25 births!
Marilyn Garman is a wife and a mother to four beautiful children. She loves spending time in the kitchen, teaching her children, and going on camping adventures with her family. Marilyn is full of life, always wanting to learn more about birth and how to prepare mother's for an amazing birth experience. She believes that providing support to mothers allows them to be loved well and in turn, enables them to thrive.
Marlena naturally cares for a family with love and patience. She has learned how to care for a large family since she was young and loves to spend quality time with her friends and family. In her free time, Marlena enjoys traveling and meeting new people!
Annalisa is the oldest of six children in her family. She has BIG heart for children and bringing smile to their faces. Annalisa loves being outdoors, hunting with her dad, and being creative with her friends. Annalisa takes her time with children as an opportunity to use the gifting's God has given her.
Geneva is the oldest of five children in her family. Growing up she often babysat for family and friends. She loves to spend time with children and minister to their young lives. In her spare time she enjoys writing, singing, and swimming with her friends.
As a wife and mother to two young children herself, Annie knows the beauty and challenge of being a mom! She loves supporting other women, cooking, and yes, even cleaning! Her patience and warm personality make everyone feel treasured and heard. She handles all the schedules of our ladies, figuring out which ones of our ladies will best fit a family!
Cassidy is the youngest of 4 siblings. She grew up feeding calves and milking cows on her family dairy farm in New Holland. Cassidy has a heart to serve children well and show them how loved and valued they are. She serves in Children’s ministry at her church and has been babysitting for families since she was 16. Cassidy enjoys being outside, animals, and spending quality time with her friends!
Jalisa comes from a big family, as she is the oldest of five children! She believes in the importance of investing in the lives of the children she gets to serve and desires to do that through her work. Jalisa loves music, books and spending time with friends. In her free time, she enjoys learning and exploring new things.
Amber is married to her best friend, and is a aunt to 23 nieces and nephews. She comes across shy at first but soon she is her bubbly self. She loves spending time with children, keeping house, pets, baking, sports and being out in nature. Her biggest goal in life is keeping God first and never taking life for granted.
Heidi is a nurturing and caring woman of God. When Heidi comes to be with your family, she will care for your children the way God created her too. Heidi loves a good book and cup of coffee on a rainy day. Heidi will bring harmony in peace in a home with her presence.
Riley attended the Lancaster Career and Technology Center where she was trained in Early Childhood Education. She loves working and playing with children of all ages. She is very friendly and can carry a conversation with just about anyone. She loves to serve and encourage others and shine the light of Christ everywhere she goes.
Lindsey is the oldest of 4 siblings and cherishes her time with family and friends. She enjoys being active in playing sports and doing outside activities. She is passionate about missions and serving, she loves caring for children and encouraging them in any way possible.
Allie's heart and goal is to value the customer and what they have to share. We as Three Strands come alongside the family to support and provide care that is like nothing else around. Allie communicates in a way that is safe, reliable and allowing our customers to be heard and served to the best of our ability.
Erin comes alongside families providing a calm and supportive role. Erin is very organized and loves providing routine and love for children. A hobby of hers is singing and learning the guitar and she hopes to have a big family one day and use her nurturing gift.
Julia grew up in a homeschooled family as the oldest of 10 children and has been working with children off and on since high school. In her free time, you can find Julia spending time with her husband and cat, reading, dancing, or making a fancy cup of coffee! She is truly excited to be a part of the Three Strands team and be able to serve and bless families to the best of the abilities and passions that God has give her.
Jalisa is excited to serve local families by caring for children and building personal relationships with them! She is passionate about ministry and has volunteered at various orphanages and youth Bible camps. She also enjoys traveling/new cultures, playing sports, being outdoors, and spending quality time with friends.
Brenda is a wife to Eric, mother to 5 children, and Nana to 11 grandchildren. She loves to laugh, have fun, and loves babies. Her heart is to serve new mamas and their babies, helping them get the best start to life possible. She believes postpartum is a precious time and it’s important to take special care of yourself. She can help with breastfeeding, newborn care, self-care, emotional health, questions and concerns and with things around the house. She also can provide overnight care so mama can get much needed rest. Her hope is for the family to feel blessed and not stressed!
Emma has always had a passion for helping others. She cherishes taking care of children and allowing them to be creative and have fun. Also, Emma loves playing lacrosse and being active. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, writing, and hiking.
Anah is an early childhood education student at Lancaster Bible College and has a passion for children and infants. She loves to read and listen to music, as well as help her mom with her foster siblings. Anah hopes to, one day, be a foster parent like her parents. She loves meeting new people and learning new things. She may ask lots of questions, but is always willing to help when needed.
Lindsey is the youngest of 3, with two older brothers. She enjoys music, singing and hanging out with her friends. She also has a love for animals and of course, interacting with children. One of her favorite things to do is traveling, whether it’s to the beach or cabin. Lindsey attends Ephrata community Church, where she is involved in the children’s ministry, helping in the 4 year olds class.
Jenna has been babysitting for almost 5 years now. She spent an impactful 7 months at a ministry in Alabama caring for toddlers and infants of incarcerated parents. Jenna has lived in the same small town her whole life and enjoys being involved in the community through serving at a local youth center. She enjoys coffee dates with close friends, reading, and basically any little project that keeps me creative.
Chelsea has had a heart for children ever since she can remember. From holding her cousins babies to babysitting when she was old enough, she quickly realized nannying was a perfect fit for her. Over the past 5 years she has been nannying for families in Lancaster as well as for missionary families. She also loves going for coffee, playing volleyball, and traveling.
Meg has always had a passion for helping and caring for others. Over the past 2 years, Meg has been nannying for families and has loved getting to spend time with kids and learn new things! She hopes to take the things she has learned and will learn and use them with her own family some day! Meg is laid back, but loves to have fun! She enjoys being creative and spontaneous. Also, in her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, gardening, going on walks with her dog, and enjoy a good cup of coffee.
Wilma loves seeing people experience the faithfulness and goodness of God. If coffee was a passion, it would be one of the top ones for her! Wilma absolutely loves people and she enjoys the outdoors. In her spare time, Wilma loves writing about things she is passionate about.
Maddie has always had a passion for helping others. She loves taking care of children and helping them through the highs and lows of life. Maddie has been taking care of children in some sort of form since she was 15 and she volunteers at her church's children's ministry and church's youth group. She has loved working with young people and being a positive light in their lives. In Maddie's free time, she likes to read, watch movies, and spend time with her friends and family.
Ashley is the oldest of 4 girls and is married to her husband, Dallas. She has enjoyed getting to take care of her own house and all the responsibilities that come with it since getting married. Ashley has always loved babies and little kids and in her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, shopping, and just having a good time! Ashley is very excited to become apart of the kids and mother's lives and hopes to bless them.
Faith is the oldest of five children and she is married to her childhood sweetheart. Faith has always loved children and is secretly still a child at heart. She has a heart for helping children grow emotionally and intellectually. A few of her favorite hobbies are working outdoors, organizing, and finding beauty in everyday life.
Karlee is happily married to her best friend, Michael and she loves spending time with family and hanging out with friends. Karlee and her husband enjoy snowboarding but she would still prefer the hot sun any day! Karlee has been able to travel to Africa, Australia, and backpack through Europe. She only hopes to grow that list because she loves to travel and explore. Stick a cup of coffee in her hand and her heart is happy!
Ruzana is from a family of 13 siblings! She loves babysitting and spending time with kids. She has loved kids and caring for them ever since she was young. A few of Ruzana's hobbies are reading, coffee dates with friends, shopping, traveling, baking, and spending time with family, especially her nieces and nephews.
Jannah has a heart for caring for others and has helped with children in many different ways since she was young. She is a sister to 6 siblings and an auntie to two nieces. She is passionate about discovering God’s grace and how it is reflected in the world around us in many ways. A few things that get her excited about life are God and His love, anything outdoors, and a good cup of tea.